Sleep and Bell
Guy de Maupassant
The story happened some time in December at a rural community or village where most of the people are peasants. The villages are the Varville, Saint-Hilaire, and Billettes.
II. Characters and Characterization: 1. Bell (Nicholas Toussaint) – a handicapped vagabond who suffered cruelness from the merciless people around him. 2. Baroness d’Avary – an old lady who helped Bell by giving him a place to sleep and food. 3. M. Chiquet – a ruthless, brutal and unsympathetic person who owns a farm. 4. Policemen – a vicious law enforcement officer. 5. Peasants – an ill-mannered/uneducated people who lives in a rural area.
III. Plot a) Exposition – Nicholas Toussaint also known as “Bell” is a vagabond who wanders in a village where peasants live. At the age of fifteen, Bell’s legs had been cut off by a carriage and since then, he had begged. He is a stranger to education and lives all by himself. Some villagers treat him as a friend but most of them talk to him only for the sake of a laughable story. Once, the kindhearted Baroness d’Avary let him sleep in a hut next to her castle and she’s always giving him a piece of bread and a glass of cider for him to eat. But now, she was dead, so Bell was back again to his old business of wandering around the village. b) Complication –
The villagers knew Bell too well and they were tired of him. He has been a vagabond for forty years and he can’t go anywhere else because the village is the only place that he knew. Until a day came when the peasants ask him to look for another village where he can beg. He did not answer anything because of a vague fear and then the peasants started to be mad at him. When he saw a police patrolling, he suddenly developed an agility to escape and run away to a place where no one knows. He slept anywhere, no refuge, no roof, no shelter and no sufficient food for how many days. After that incident, every time the peasants see him coming,